News today which doesn’t really come as much of a surprise with Sunderland reported to be prepared to smash their wage structure to sign Newcastle United’s Irish International Damien Duff.
Damien Duff – on his way to Sunderland
Reports in the News of the World say that Duff is the No 1 target for Roy Keane’s side as he looks to build up his squad for next season.
NOTW say Sunderland are prepared to make the winger the club’s highest paid player, and we believe Newcastle will be only too willing to sell.
Once Newcastle were willing to let Emre go, Duff fits into a similar category as the Turkish International, and was bound to be expendable.
He has great skills, has under-performed for the team over the last couple of years, and is more often than not out injured and the player is on massive wages on Tynesdie.
We would expect this deal to go through as long as Newcastle get the Â£5M they paid to Chelsea 2 years ago.
Then every fan will be wondering who the Tyneside club is going to bring in after Carr, Ramage, Diatta, Troisi, Emre and Duff will have already left with Ameobi and Rozehnal almost certainly also leaving in the summer.
Newcastle are prepared to off-load the left-sided midfielder for Â£5M in an effort to reduce their wage bill, which is in excess of Â£70M.
We fully expect Duff to leave Newcastle in the near future, and believe Sunderland are well positioned to sign him.
Another player we expect Newcastle will be willing to sell, once some buyers come in, is striker Alan Smith.
We just don’t see how the player fits in at the club as a striker.